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Hybrids and EVs are obviously big news and there are rumours the next Porsche Cayman
will offer one or both of these technologies. For cars sticking with internal combustion, though, downsizing and turbocharging remain the industry norm, a pattern the current Cayman and its Boxster brother seemed to be following by dropping traditional six-cylinder motors for a smaller turbocharged four.

By the numbers these 718 Caymans and Boxsters are faster, more powerful and more efficient than their predecessors. But you buy a Porsche with your heart, not your head and enthusiasts said they preferred the old engine for its more soulful nature. Tricky one for Porsche. And in the new Cayman and Boxster GTS models we have a partial climbdown with a return to non-turbocharged, big-capacity six-cylinder engines based on the one used in the track-focused Cayman GT4. Should Porsche have stuck by its guns or is this a logical response to demand from its enthusiast customers? And, in this day and age, is there still a place for big engines and manual gearboxes in sports cars like the Cayman?

We sent Rory to Portugal to drive a 718 Cayman GTS 4.0 back from the launch event to find out!

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